2016-2017 Anvil of Freedom Honoree Announced: Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Dr. Julianne Malveaux has been selected as the Estlow Lecturer and recipient of the University of Denver's Anvil of Freedom award in recognition of the publication of her book, Are we better off? Race, Obama, and public policy, published in February 2016. This book is a compilation of Malveaux's columns that offer a review of the highs and lows of the Obama presidency from an African American perspective. Malveaux is a journalist, author, and economist and has been a regular commentator featured on CNN, PBS, NBC, BET, and FOX among others, and her columns have appeared in USA Today, Ms. Magazine, and more. Her writings provide insights on a range of topics, including the merits of minority-owned businesses and Black entrepreneurship, the payday loan debt system that traps many moderate and low-income people in poverty, and the societal benefits of a livable minimum wage. For five years, Malveaux served as President of Bennett College, which along with Spelman College is one of only two all-women historically black colleges. During the election season, Malveaux called for both Clinton and Trump to address the nation's poor and hungry in their debates.
Dr. Julianne Malveaux will be presenting the breakfast keynote speech at this year's Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence on Friday, January 20, 2017, where she will be presented with the Anvil of Freedom Award. Dr. Malveaux will also be participating in a panel on the business and economic outlook of Denver and the nation after the inauguration on Thursday, January 19 in her capacity as the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer. Registration for all Diversity Summit events is now available.
Dr. Jilianne Malveaux Presents at DU's Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence
The Edward W. & Charlotte A. Estlow Center's Anvil of Freedom Award for outstanding journalism and democracy was presented at DU's 2017 Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence in honor of 2017 Morton Margolin Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Julianne Malveaux, author of "Are We Better Off? Race, Obama, and Public Policy."
Dr. Malveaux has long been recognized for her progressive and insightful observations. She is a labor economist, noted author, and colorful commentator. Julianne Malveaux has been described by Dr. Cornel West as "the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the
country." Her contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender, and their economic impacts are shaping public opinion in 21st century America. Her popular writing has appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence Magazine, and the Progressive. Her weekly columns appeared for more than a decade (1990-2003) in newspapers across the country including the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer, New Orleans Tribune, Detroit Free Press, and San Francisco Examiner.
During her time as the 15th President of Bennett College for Women, Dr. Julianne Malveaux was the architect of exciting and innovative transformation at America's oldest historically black college for women. Under her leadership, the administration identified four key focus areas: women's leadership, entrepreneurship, excellence in communications, and global awareness. In the five short years of her presidency, Bennett College successfully received a 10-year reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, markedly improved existing facilities, embarked on a $21 million capital improvements program – which marked the first major campus construction in more than 25 years – and in fall 2009 enjoyed an historic enrollment high.
Currently, Dr. Malveaux is the Honorary Co-Chair of the Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute as well as The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC. A native San Franciscan, she is the President and owner of Economic Education a 501 c-3 non-profit headquartered in Washington, D.C.
News of Founder's Death
We regret to announce that Edward W. Estlow has died at the age of 95. Ed provided outstanding leadership to the University of Denver and offered invaluable guidance and support to this center. We will all miss him. Read his story here.
Ed's last visit to the University of Denver was on April 30, 2015, when we dedicated an original sculpture that was created in his honor by his friend, artist, and longtime newspaper colleague Lloyd Schermer, who has created similar sculptures for the Smithsonian, the Freedom Forum, and several other journalism programs around the country. The artwork features wood and metal type, the kind used in the 1960s newsrooms in which Ed and Lloyd both worked before newsrooms around the country went to the photographic typesetting system.
Right, Ed Estlow with three of his four daughters, Nancy Gwin, Mary Erculiani, and Susan Lyday, in front of Schermer's artwork. Each is a graduate of the University of Denver, along with Ed ('42)